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Layout of the classroom is important to me because it sets up a flow for movement within the classroom. With so many rotations embedded within the day, students are less likely to encounter bumping into one another, which would cause conflict as they move throughout the room.
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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Layout of the classroom is important to me because it sets up a flow for movement within the classroom. With so many rotations embedded within the day, students are less likely to encounter bumping into one another, which would cause conflict as they move throughout the room.
 
Academic Culture

Warm Welcomings

Warm Welcomings is a strategy I use to develop a strong positive culture in my blended classroom. When students enter into an inviting atmosphere and begin the class on a positive note, they are able to focus better. It is important to me to start off class together on the rug because my students spend a significant portion of the class working independently on computers and in small groups. Warm Welcomings gives us the time to come together as a community of scholars and it can be anything from a "welcome back from recess" to an invitation for students to share something positive about their time away from class. 

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For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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Teacher v. Student

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